UK’s CII elects Maltese professional as Fellow

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Pauline Azzopardi has been elected a Fellow of the United Kingdom’s Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), according to a press statement sent to Business Malta. Fellowship of the CII is regarded as the premier designation for those working in the insurance profession, the CII’s official website says.

“I am deeply honoured to have been elected a Fellow of the CII as this represents the culmination of an entire career working in the financial services sector, and serves as recognition of my continued commitment to maintaining the highest standards in my profession,” Ms Azzopardi told Business Malta.

“I also hope that this award goes on to encourage more women to pursue this designation, as well as take on directorship positions in the insurance sector, which is what I plan to pursue in the next phase of my career,” she added.

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Sian Fisher, CEO of the Chartered Insurance Institute presented Ms Azzopardi with the Fellowship certificate in London. Ms Fisher said that attaining esteemed fellowship status demonstrates a high level of commitment to the insurance profession, according to the press statement.

Ms Azzopardi started her financial services career in London when joining the Post Office and British Telecoms Pension Fund Management Company as Compliance Officer. Later, she became a financial advisor with companies of the Lloyds Banking Group and Zurich Financial Services.

After returning to Malta, she worked for Middlesea Insurance as Head of Life Sales, before becoming Head of Sales and Marketing for Mid-Med Bank. When Mid-Med Bank was acquired by HSBC, she became Senior Marketing Manager for Wealth Management and President of the HSBC Banking on Women Foundation that promoted the professional advancement of women at the bank.

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She was also the founding chief officer of the Munich Re investment subsidiary based in Malta, where she worked as the Investment Manager and Deputy COO. She is a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta.

She was elected Vice President of the National Council of Women for six years. She has been an active volunteer in protecting consumer rights for the last seven years and is currently President of the Association for Consumer Rights and a Malta Representative on the European Consumer Consultative Group, the press statement adds.